Oregon State left fielder Michael Conforto, a 2011 Redmond High School graduate, was selected by the New York Mets with the 10th overall choice in the first round of the MLB draft Thursday.
“I feel fortunate and blessed to be given this opportunity,” Conforto said in a conference call. “I am excited to see what’s next. It’s a dream come true for me.”
Some analysts project Conforto will be on a fast track to the big leagues.
“I am confident in my ability,” he said, when asked when he might be ready to join the Mets. “There are things I need to work (on). We’ll see what happens.”
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The left-handed hitting Conforto, a two-time Pac-12 player of the year, has a career .341 batting average, a .463 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage with the Beavers. He is one of three finalists this year for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top college player.
Conforto’s selection at No. 10 is the highest an Oregon State player has ever been drafted. The No. 10 choice has an assigned value of $2,970,800.
Conforto, 21, is Oregon State’s career leader in runs batted in, with 179 in three seasons, and he ranks No. 3 in walks (120) and home runs (31).
Conforto, 6 feet 1, 215 pounds, helped lead the Beavers to the College World Series in 2013. The Beavers won their second consecutive Pac-12 title this year and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but were eliminated at home by UC Irvine in an upset Monday.
Conforto’s mother, Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in synchronized swimming. His father, Mike, played football at Penn State.
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